Want to know a secret? Harvest chili can be made with any of your favorite chili recipes, just add in one or two of your favorite harvest veggies and voila! Harvest chili. Use sweet potatoes and you get “sweet” harvest chili! Doesn’t it just sound more hearty and warming than plain old chili?
Since our goal is always to have the kids doing the cooking on homeschool kitchen days, we try to keep things simple to start and let them play around with spices, ingredients and techniques. Here is the basic rundown of our “harvest” chili, which uses sweet potatoes, corn and red onions to earn its “harvest” stature.
How to make Sweet Harvest Chili, the easy way:
- Peel and chop sweet potatoes red onions.
- Place in slow cooker and pour crushed tomatoes over them.
- Season with your favorite chili seasonings, such as salt, pepper, chili powder, chipotle and onion powder. (This is one of those places where the kids get to be creative!)
- Cook on high for four hours.
- Season and brown ground beef, turkey or chicken in a skillet.
- Drain and add meat to slow cooker.
- Add kidney or black beans.
- Add corn.
- Cook for another one to two hours on low setting.
Serve with your favorite chili toppings. We use shredded cheddar, diced jalapeno and sour cream!
What would you use to make a harvest chili?
Editor’s note: Sometimes our “recipes” are more like suggestions for mixing together types of ingredients. Because we believe the kitchen is one of the best places to foster creativity, if the dish does not require a precise set of measurements and instructions, we simply list some basics kids can use as a springboard for experimentation with different methods and flavor combinations.